Premiere Of Syfy’s 'Total Blackout' Becomes Most Watched New Reality Series Among Adults 25-54 In Nearly A Year

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April 26th, 2012

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NEW YORK – April 26, 2012 – Syfy’s new unscripted competition series Total Blackout, hosted by Jaleel White (Family Matters, Dancing with the Stars), became the channel’s most watched reality series premiere among Adults 25-54 since June 2011 during its Wednesday, April 25 telecast, averaging 747,000 in the demo.

During its 10-11PM (ET/PT) time period, Total Blackout scared 1.33 million total viewers and 678,000 Adults 18-49.  Total Blackout grew 1 percent from its Ghost Hunters’ 9PM lead-in among Adults18-49 and rose 23 percent from Ghost Hunters among Adults 18-34.

With 10K exposures, Total Blackout delivered Syfy’s second best unscripted series premiere ever in social activity since Trendrr Measurement began.

Led by Total Blackout and Ghost Hunters, Syfy was the #4 cable entertainment network in 8-11PM prime for Adults 25-54 and was the #9 cable entertainment network among Adults18-49.

Total Blackout is a half-hour, extreme game show in which contestants battle each other and their fears in a series of challenges. However, all the challenges are played in complete darkness. There are no lights, no blindfolds and no-holds barred as the players face their anxieties and unexpected surprises in a series of nerve-wracking games.

The international hit series is produced by FremantleMedia North America (American Idol, The X Factor) and was created by Henrik Nielsen (Can You Duet?, Danish versions of The X Factor, Got Talent and Pop Idol).  Nielsen and Jeff Apploff (Million Dollar Money Drop, Don’t Forget the Lyrics) serve as executive producers.  Jack Martin (Who’s Still Standing, Deal or No Deal) is co-executive producer.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)


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  • Keith S.

    This show is a 1000% FAKE!

    If this was shot without lights there would be NO SHADOWS! And the film would be grainy not tinted blue. You can also see the stage lights from above shinning? off their helmets.

  • john

    Keith, do a search on IR light. Its invisible to the naked eye but not to camcorders and certain camera. The coloring may have been post production just to make it more appealing to the viewer. There would still be reflections and shadows using IR light as it is in a sense, still light. I do not believe it is fake just by observing the behavior the contestants and their action and reactions. Also their pupils in their eyes are very large and if you notice, you can see what I will call “red eye” effect. I enjoyed the show and TiVo is set up to record all episodes!

  • Joey

    It’s absolutely fake. Note – there are shadows everywhere. In total blackout conditions, there would be no light to cast a shadow. There’s clearly a significant light source during challenges. Contestants likely exaggerate their reactions. The producers should be ashamed of themselves for overlooking this simple detail.

  • chris

    If you have ever seen someone afraid of the dark you would know this isn’t fake. Also if you ever did any work with television you would also know that people can’t fake their reactions that well. These aren’t actors! Good luck with your over analytical life… GREAT SHOW!!

  • chris

    As if there is a real percentage of 1000%… If you know as much about TV as you do math… YOU MUST BE CORRECT!

  • Doris

    Love this show. It is so different from other reality shows.

  • Awesome!funny!

    doesnt seem like a fake to me… Really funny!!!… I would guess that the people who think it is a fake have never looked through night vision goggles… I have and the way everything looks is what is expected. I dont know how they work like that but they do have shadows. We all have google :) look it up. GREAT SHOW!!! LOVE IT!!

  • meche

    This show is pretty cool by far my favorite yet. not fake at all for all y’all who wanna hate keep ur commets to ur self personaly I would love to be on the show know id be a screamer lol congrats on ur show and I think its 100!

  • fake

    definitely fake. I mean you can literally see the lights in the cieling in some shots, not too mention the shadows being cast everywhere. I work with IR camera’s, filming animals in the night, this is not legit “IR” camera work, it’s made in post production. But it’s entertainment, yea it’s funny, but I believe it would be hilarious if it was actually real.

  • fake

    I agree it’s fake, you can literally see light shining off of people’s bald heads and forehead’s.

  • SEAN

    The darkness may not be fake, the the reactions of the people is totally fake. People trying to win money, would not be poking around and GUESSING what the object is. Plus, they call it a “reality show” which automatically makes it basically fake. So you all can enjoy it if you want, but if you all think it is real, HAHA, at you.

  • deborah

    I can’t understand why anyone would want to watch this type of garbage. I’m sorry. The fact that it is getting good ratings. . . to me that’s unbelievable.

  • shink

    I gotta agree that it is fake. First of all there are shadows and if there are shadow there must be enough light to produce them. Number two is that they go in with all black knee and elbow pads. But int the room they turn half white. There spades suits also turn black to white. If you look closely to the suits u will see the black one underneath it. This show is only good for the idiots who believe it real or for those people with no common sense.

  • shawn

    It seems really fake from their most of their reactions. On about the first episode they were supose to smell stuff in different holes and it was showing most of the was going directly to the holes to stick their noses in, over and over. If it was totally dark they wouldn’t be able to see the holes, they would have to just keep feeling around. When a lot of them were told they were walking on a beam high up in the air they acted very exageratted, acting like they were afraid to take a step and when they were told they reached the other side they just moved around like they weren’t scared anymore even though if it was totally dark they wouldn’t know how large the “platform” they were suppose to be standing on, still way up in the air, was; not to mention even on fear factor when they had people even a few feet off the ground they would hook harnesses up to people, let alone in the dark, so no one would believe that syfy would be having people to walk in the dark way up in the air in the dark without a harness. A whole lot of other reasons this show is fake just like their scare tactics show has been since they got sued.

  • Monique

    Absolutely FAKE! I am glad to see I am not the only one who sees the shadows and the lights from above..The reactions are over exaggerated and I am actually dissappointed to see that they only want to use flamboyant gay males to make it funny. A stereotype the gay community does not need. The show is ridiculous.

  • mark


    No your not the only idiot that thinks some shadows=fake, it doesn’t make you guys correct.someone already explained this and you guys ignored it.

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